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This year, the political battle for Ohio voters is fiercer than ever. With a tight U.S. Senate race and mere percentage points separating the candidates for President, WKSU reporters are busy covering the story behind the stories to bring you the best information and help you make educated decisions in the November elections.



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Paul Ryan criticizes Obama's foreign policy during Clermont County visit
Gov. Kasich calls Ryan the Paul Revere of the next generation

In Clermont County for a rally yesterday (Wed) Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, referencing Libya, criticized the Obama administration's foreign policy. He said the administration's policies project weakness abroad and undercut our allies. Ryan also talked about the debt.
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Ballot board revises ballot summary for redistricting proposal
Some supporters of the proposal say that the changes made still don't clarify the issue for voters

The Ohio Ballot Board has adopted new language for the ballot summary that voters will see when they cast ballots on a proposed redistricting constitutional amendment. The board did this during an emergency meeting less than 24 hours after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the language must be changed. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, backers of the proposed amendment say the board didn’t make any improvements to clarify the issue for voters.
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Under court order, Ohio's ballot board adopts new language
But Republicans say the constitutional amendment is impossible to make concise

The Ohio Ballot Board has changed the wording voters will see Nov. 6th on a plan to overhaul how Ohio draws its political maps.  The ballot board acted after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled this week that the original language picked by the board would mislead voters. Democrats generally back the constitutional amendment to change who draws up the Congressional and legislative maps, and accused Republican members of the board of slanting the language against it. That debate continued at today’s meeting. Republican board member Keith Faber says it’s impossible to make this issue easy to understand. 
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Comeback Initiative hits battleground Ohio with tough budget proposals
Campaign to cap debt and deficit hopes to capitalize on focus on Ohio

Ohio is being targeted by more than just the presidential campaigns – perhaps because it is being targeted by the presidential campaigns. Saturday, the Comeback America Initiative will be in Strongsville for the first of two town halls it’s holding nationwide. It’s pressing its campaign for fiscal responsibility. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with the former U.S. Comptroller General who is heading a campaign that includes points both Democrats and Republicans are embracing – and running from.
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Ohio's senators respond to Libyan attack united yet divided
Brown questions Romney's accusation that that administration sided with attackers; Portman agrees with it

Ohio’s congressional delegation and senators were united in expressing condolences to the families of the U.S. ambassador and three others killed in the attack on a consulate in Libya today. But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that they showed political divisions as well.
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Mandel tells Brown to "put his big-boy pants on"
The challenger for U.S. Senate seat says he takes the high road while Sherrod Brown whines

A super PAC affiliated with Karl Rove is launching more than a million dollars worth of attack ads against Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Crossroads GPS announced today it is buying broadcast and cable TV ads that accuse Brown of backing failed economics and  tax increases, and criticizing his support of the Affordable Care Act. It’s part of some $16 million spent so far on ads attacking Brown by super PACs who support his GOP challenger, Josh Mandel. Legally, there can be no coordination between the super PACs and Mandel’s campaign. And Mandel insists there is none and that he’s running an 80 percent positive campaign.
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'Right church, wrong pew' votes will count in Ohio in November
Ohio will count votes where pollworkers send voters to thewrong precinct

Ohio is appealing one federal judge’s order regarding voting, but Secretary of State Jon Husted says he’s prepared to live with another. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has more.
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Josh Mandel says there's no coordination with former aide
Non-profit launched $1 million ad campaign against Sen. Sherrod Brown

Clarification: The campaign of Josh Mandel says it does not know the philosophy of the group backing the attack ads on Sen. Sherrod Brown. An earlier version of the story characterized the two as sharing a philosophy.


A former aide to Senate Republican challenger Josh Mandel has ties to a non-profit that’s launched a $1 million advertising campaign against Mandel’s opponent, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports that Mandel says any ties are coincidental.
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Ohio GOP criticizes Strickland over Israel
Parties fight to court Jews

The Ohio Republican Party chairman is criticizing former Gov. Ted Strickland for doing something Republicans support.  It came after Strickland called Republican senatorial candidate Josh Mandel “unfit” for the job.  From Charlotte, WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports…
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Ohioans react to Obama speech


Nearly 200 Ohio delegates to the Democratic National Convention are making their way home today from North Carolina. They got a send-off last night(Thurs) with an acceptance speech by President Obama.  In Charlotte, WKSU's Mark Urycki asked a few about their reactions to the speech …
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Un-conventional
How a national convention can put a city in lockdown

Some Ohioans are hoping that future Democratic or Republican National Conventions come to their state. Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati have been mentioned  by Democrats as potential locations in the always important swing state.  But recent experience shows that might not be a good thing for the locals.  From Charlotte, WKSU’s Mark Urycki explains.
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Husted rescinds his order to not reinstate weekend voting hours
Last week federal Judge Peter Economus had ruled in favor of reinstating voting hours the weekend before Election Day


Secretary of State Jon Husted has rescinded his order prohibiting boards of elections from preparing for early voting the weekend before Election Day. But county boards of elections are still unsure what their next step will be. Federal Judge Peter Economus has ordered Ohio to reinstate in-person weekend voting hours. The state has appealed and last week Husted told county boards NOT to set those hours until that’s resolved. Kelly Pallante, the director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections, says that her office is waiting to evaluate the information it has, but it’s prepared for anything that may happen.
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Ohio puts Obama over the top
Other states pass to give Ohio the honor.

Ohio Party Chairman Chris Redfern cast all of Ohio's 188 votes for Barack Obama to seal his nomination.
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Ohio's oldest delegate on convention No. 7
Like Bill Clinton, Ruby Gilliam has seen them all since 1988

Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech last night at the Democratic National Convention. But it was nothing new for Ohio’s oldest delegate.  Eighty-nine-year-old Ruby Gilliam of Carroll County saw Clinton’s first convention speech and like Clinton, she’s been at every convention since.  From Charlotte WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports.
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Early weekend voting appeal has Ohio boards of elections at a standstill
Secretary of State Jon Husted refuses to comply with the reinstatement of early weekend voting until the appeal is resolved

Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections have no idea if they will be open for in-person voting on the weekend before the Nov. 6th election, and many say they can’t even started to prepare. Last week, federal Judge Peter Economus struck down a state law barring in-person voting on that weekend.   But Ohio is appealing. And Secretary of State Jon Husted will not allow the boards to begin setting up for weekend voting until the appeal is resolved. Kim Zurz, the deputy director for the Summit County Board of Elections, says the county boards have limited options.
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Rain move disappoints Ohio delegation
But the Ohio Democratic Party sets up other options to hear the president's acceptance speech tonight.

Some Ohioans hoping to watch Barack Obama give his acceptance speech in Charlotte  tonight will have to watch it on TV.   A strong rain came down this afternoon in the city where the President was to speak at the Carolina Panthers’ stadium.   Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jerid Kurtz said it’s a disappointment for many.
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